This degree leads to eligibility for credentials to be a mental health professional in clinical and private practice settings. Students also have the option of taking coursework to meet requirements for school counseling certification.


Career Opportunities

  • K-12, Higher Education
  • Employment Agencies
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Probation/Probate
  • Juvenile Detention
  • Family and Children Services
  • Abuse Clinics


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Program Overview

The Master of Education in Counseling, emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares professional counselors, including mental health, career, addictions, couples/family, and child and adolescent counselors, to serve the mental health needs of culturally diverse individuals, groups, couples and families in need. The program prepares graduates to:

  • Function effectively and ethically as professional counselors in the community, within a mental health setting;
  • Be self-aware and sensitive to their clients as people who exist in the context of different cultures and races and people who are potentially at risk;
  • Flexibly and skillfully construct and apply theory and techniques to fit unique and changing needs of clients both individually and in groups, within a community mental health setting;
  • Be proficient with the understanding and human relations skills necessary to consult as part of a team effort, within a mental health setting;
  • Help individuals meet developmental concerns and needs both individually and in a variety of developmental group programs, within a mental health setting;
  • Be knowledgeable about career development and the use of appraisal instruments and test interpretation and their impact on individual planning;
  • Be knowledgeable about research methods and research literature; and
  • Value developing professional expertise as a lifelong process.

The MED in Clinical Mental Health Counseling requires 57-60 hours of graduate curriculum coursework. The traditional degree track prepares graduates for non-school settings, allowing students to choose electives in an area of interest such as addictions, career counseling, or family and couples counseling. Alternatively, students may select the school counseling certification track that allows graduates to work in either elementary or secondary schools as certified school counselors by the State of Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, as well as in non-school clinical settings on matters that are general mental health related. Once admitted to the CMHC program, students may choose the traditional track or school counseling certification option. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to apply for the National Certified Counselor Credential.

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What UMSL Education has to offer

UMSL’s College of Education is a hub of innovation, where diverse scholars, practitioners and education-focused entrepreneurs converge to problem solve, incubate and develop ideas and modes of practice that propel the entire field of education forward. The college provides a plethora of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs that prepare and sustain culturally competent, dedicated and highly trained teachers for a variety of traditional and non-traditional educational settings. The college also prepares administrators, counselors, school psychologists, behavior analysts, educational scholars and entrepreneurs. One of the state of Missouri’s largest prepares of educators, the college is consistently recognized for its excellence in teacher preparation. Its innovative Studio School model – which has the college partnering with more than 30 local schools – allows for collaborative practicum experiences that enrich future teacher’s learning while also strengthening the St. Louis region as a whole. 

Regularly available for student guidance and support, the College of Education's Office of Advising and Student Services (OASIS) offers students an unmatched resource for the planning, development and execution of their degree or degrees in education.

By partnering with a vast array of educational, business and community resources, the College of Education provides opportunities for students to develop professional connections for improving their careers as well as their communities. Graduates find jobs not only in schools, but in museums, zoos, nonprofit youth serving organizations, businesses, government agencies, national education organizations and art foundations. For more on UMSL Education, visit